Pearl Abyss, developer of MMORPG Black Desert, announced domestic testing schedule at the press event on the 22nd of January. According to their announcement CBT will be on July and OBT will be on December.
Black Desert is developed from the well-known developer Dae-il, Kim who developed R.Y.L and C9. The main theme of Black Desert will be the conflict over ruling Black Stone.
The game will be sand-box style MMORPG based on the vast open world. Users could produce, make, sell region specialties and trade them with goods from other regions.
A brand new MMORPG Black Desert was revealed last week. The game has been developed by Pearl Abyss, which is led by Dae-il, Kim. He is the producer of various typical Action MMORPGs such as RYL, R2 and C9.
The first play movie shocked us because of its completeness and graphics. The title of the game ‘Black Desert’ is named after oil in Middle East Asia. The background concept of the game is that the land was devastated by wars for Black Stone, which is the core resource of the game world.
Black Desert is using its own game engine to modify things as quickly as possible and support a seamless gaming world with gorgeous graphics. Players could enter and own any structures in the game and buy houses as well. Players could install a smelting furnace to produce useful metals and trade them. Each guild member could buy farms and mines and connected to make a guild activities area.
The combat system of the game is based on non-targeting and is action oriented. The siege warfare is the system that could determine the strongest guild in the game. The guild who won the siege warfare could monopolize game money and products from the region as well as tax.
The game already made a contract with GameOn for Japan publishing.
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Wezen’s operating sales recorded $14 million while operating profit is $3.8 million and net profit during the term is $2.8 million. Operating sales, operating profit increased 22% and 367% comparing to the same period of the last year. Net profit is back in the black.
‘MU Online’ and ‘Metin2’ is the biggest contributors to the result. The revenue from abroad is 57%. Webzen is expecting the better result for the second quarter because of C9 service in China will be included. Battery Online has started its service in Thailand and is scheduled to be published in more countries, too.
During the second half of the year, MMORPG Archlord 2 will start the test and start developing MU2. Wezen mobile will be preparing mobile games as well.
This is the third installment of the five-part series: Non-targeting MMORPGs.
The number of non-targeting MMOs has surged in 2009. EyeDentity Games‘ Dragon Nest, NHN‘s C9, Bluehole Studio‘s Tera and Nexon‘s Mabinogi Heroes all employed non-targeting system in their games. Non-targeting enables players to enjoy better actions yet limits the number of players due to a balancing problem. As a matter of fact, C9, Mabinogi Heroes and DrangonNest all emphasize the action aspect of the game.
<NHN Games’ C9>
Bluehole Studio’s Tera created this trend of emphasizing action yet still maintaining characteristics of MMORPG. Project H, a MMORPG developed by MAIET Entertainment (a studio behind Gunz), also falls into the category.
In MMORPGs, non-targeting system should be based on articulately structured target area and view. Game developers learned through trial and error in order to achieve high quality non-targeting system, which would be totally new to MMORPG.
From the user side, ?they welcomed such changes. C9 received rave reviews and was mentioned as one of strong contenders for the game award. DragonNest and Mabinogi Heroes seemed to meet users’ expectations throughout CBT.
<Bluehole Studio’s Tera>
C9 did it again; it just reached 70,000 CCUs since it began the OBT last August 15. On its first day of OBT alone, the game attracted 42,300 users. Even after the school starts, which usually results in less players in online games, users just keep coming back for more. According to NHN, C9 now consists of 7 worlds and 182 channels which are running full most of time.
You may think it’s just what the company says to hype the game but PC Bang stats back this up as well. According to Gametrics, the research firm specialized on PC Bang, C9 jumped up its ranking and landed on 11th with market share of 2.92% followed by Dungeon and Fighter.